Dispatches From The War On Women: Incorporate Your Uterus

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Even though the Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the dreadful Citizens United decision it may come to this: incorporate your uterus.

Good news out of Florida as the state becomes the first in the South to end the practice of shackling pregnant inmates in labor. The bad news is 35 states still shackle women in custody during labor.

More good news: teen pregnancy rates are down to record lows thanks in large part to the successful use of contraception. More bad news: Republicans continue to push for a return to abstinence-only sex education.

If at first you don’t succeed, try jamming a “heartbeat” abortion ban through a different committee. That’s the GOP way in Mississippi apparently.

In Arizona the Republican controlled House passed a 20 week abortion ban that outlaws abortions at 20 weeks gestation rather than 20 weeks post-fertilization. The bill now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for signature.

In Oklahoma, the push for personhood could end up becoming a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. But not all conservatives think this is a good idea.

Sen. Mitch McConnell insists there is no War on Women and cites a host of his female Republican colleagues as proof. The problem with McConnell’s evidence is that each Republican he cites has publicly criticized her party for attacking women and contraception. Oops.

Thankfully we have Herman Cain around to explain the gender gap for us “other people.”

Sony may be supporting anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” by distributing the anti-choice movie “October Baby.” A portion of the profits from the film go to funding these groups. Let them know that’s not acceptable.

California finds toxins in “nontoxic” nail polishes.

People in Kansas are standing up for contraception after the state has stripped funding of critical family planning programs.

With Rick Santorum exiting the presidential race will the attacks on women’s rights slow down? Not likely with these guys still around.

The Seattle City Council on Monday made it illegal for businesses and other entities to ask nursing mothers to stop, cover up or move to a different location in public ares, confirming that feeding children in public really shouldn’t be a big deal.

Hillary Clinton texts back, because she is awesome.

We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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149 comments

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Heather Marvin
Heather Marv3 years ago

The beginning of life.

Lika S.
Lika S.3 years ago

Oh, and what stinks? Wisconsin's Planned Parenthood had to suspend all medication abortions because of 217, thanks to Scott Walker restricting further access to safe procedures for women. This act even threatens doctors with felonies, even though the practices of these doctors often go above and beyond the basic level care the state requires for other medical facilities.

Lika S.
Lika S.3 years ago

You know, I don't think abortion should be as a last minute convenience thing "just because". But, most of us don't fall into that category. It would be preferable if the abortion happened in the first 13 weeks, and the sooner the better.

But, of course in cases where the mother's life is on the line? It's still HER CHOICE.

So, speaking of incorporating my uterus... Shall we let AT&T start with selling shares, or am I too old to put my private parts up on the stock market? I don't know, it just seems strange that corporations have more say about my reproductive system than I do...

Ann Cannoy
Ann Cannoy3 years ago

I AGREE WITH NOT HAVING ABORTIONS AT 20 WEEKS. I THINK THAT 10 WEEKS SHOULD BE THE LATEST AVAILABLE DUE TO THE FORMATION FROM A ZYGOTE TO A FETUS. THE BEST THING IS SEX EDUCATION AND THE MORNING AFTER ILL BEING EXTREMELY ACCESSABLE FREE TO ALL SEXUALLY ACTIVE FEMALES.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black3 years ago

Interestingly enough, the Supreme Court thinks that corporations are people and should have the rights of citizens, and Republicans think women shouldn't have control of their uteruses and that lawmakers would do a better job of controlling uteruses than the women whose bodies encase them.

Tom Rose
Thomas Rose3 years ago

Good post. Thanks.

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

joe M.
joe MARTINEZ3 years ago

WAW Tony: You have just described the falsity of the bible, layed out in layman terms for the average dumby to understand. There is nothing else that can be stated to stress upon that religion derived through mythology in essense the con artists enrich themselves from preaching make believe stories. In my estimation all religions are nothing but lies. And the worst are located here in the USA. Even the Pope can't compete with the USA bible pushers.